When many people reminisce of past vacations, they think of laughing with their families and spending long days on the beach. Well, I can’t say I think the same. In February of 2007, I was invited to a Rotary Leadership camp, where my story begins.
In the past glorious 17 years of my life, I had always had the want to study abroad. My reasons for this want are still ambiguous to me, even three months after the trip. At this leadership camp I was told about a program where I could study abroad for a month and a half during the summer for a short fee.
I instantly decided it was perfect for me, without giving it any second thought and five months later I was on the plane to Lingen, Germany; A small rural city about four hours from Berlin. After my fourteen hour flight I was ready to spend my first night with a family that I still was unsure of their first names. After about the first week, I was used to the time change, and the habitual police sirens blaring into my room window at various times of the night. I had eventually gotten used to the ever so ‘indifferent’ food styles and cultural traditions.
During my stay in the amazing country of Germany, I was given the chance to see Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Cologne, and many other smaller cities of Germany. Although my stay in the country of autobahns and bicycles was not the typical vacation with your family to a beach 20 miles from home, it was an amazing, fast paced experience that will never be forgotten in the life of a small town boy.
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